This week is Computer Science Education week. To correspond to the campaign Hour of Code, we are sharing a fun coding app designed for preschool kids, and it is Free. The app is called The Foos: Code for an Hour. The app introduces programming concepts through exciting puzzle adventures. It is for kids or adults who know nothing about coding or programming. So get started, download the app, put in your hour of code this week!
There are 24 levels in the app. Kids have to finish one level to unlock the next level.
At the start, kids will see a cartoon cop in a street, and there is a big star next to him. The goal is to find ways to move the cop to collect the stars. At the bottom of the screen kids will see hints on what to do to make the cop move. They need choose the coding block and move it to the command line, then tap on the cop to watch him act on the codes on the command line. For the first game, it is simple – kids just need one coding block, which is Walk Forward. Kids will see the cop jumping all over after touching the star.
Once kids learned the concept of coding blocks, and the block to move the cop forward, they will be asked to code so the cop can move longer distance, can jump, can walk backwards, …
The progress is gradual, yet each step is fun, kids can hardly tell they are learning. To them, this is just another game. And this is exactly the goal of the app – to show kids (or parents) that coding is fun and simple, just like any other language.
After kids finish all 24 levels of games, they will know basic coding concepts, such as loops, conditionals; they will also learn to debug, which is the process of figuring out what is wrong with the code. Additionally, they will improve abilities in pattern recognition, problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, algorithmic thinking. These skills are important for many subjects, in addition to computer coding.
Here is a short video showing the app in action:
The Foos is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad, as well as Google Play and Amazon App Store. It is also available as Mac app, so you can use it on your Mac computer. It is free on all platforms.
If you would like to check it out or purchase it, please use the App Store link provided below. The cost is the same to you, but iGameMom gets a small percentage. Thanks for your support! Note: The link works for all countries.
To find more fun coding apps for kids, please visit Best Computer Coding Learning Tools for Kids.